Dukes London Champagne Picnic in the Park


Dukes London is a sophisticated British hotel, hidden discreetly away in St James and with a fascinating history. Frequented by James Bond author Ian Fleming as well as musicians and royalty it was awarded “AA London Hotel of the Year” and “England’s Leading Classic Hotel” at the World Travel Awards. Their service is second to none and we were delighted to be invited to experience their butler’s service champagne picnic in the park.

03-P1210525Arriving at the quiet courtyard near Green Park where Dukes is located, we had a look around before heading off for our picnic. As you can see, Sean Connery also made a visit to Dukes Bar – their martini is said to be the inspiration behind the classic line “shaken, not stirred“. There’s a stunning Champagne lounge decorated in tones of green and rose to echo Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque champagne. The Cognac and Cigar Garden is a welcome outdoor retreat and THIRTY SIX by Nigel Mendham is a fine dining restaurant focusing on British cuisine, which we’ve since visited and thoroughly enjoyed.

Dukes Hotel London James BondNow it was time to head to nearby Green Park for our picnic. Our butlers were a charming pair, passionate about their jobs and about Dukes which they described as like family. They had prepared everything we needed for a relaxing picnic and let us choose our preferred spot to set up the picnic. We were so lucky with the weather, although they even provide shrugs and hot water bottles if it turns out to be less warm.

Dukes London butler picnicOnce they have set up the picnic blanket and tablecloth, together with all the food treats, they leave you to enjoy time on your own. You can call a mobile number to let them know when you are ready to leave.

Dukes champagne picnicInside the picnic hamper, there are a couple of stylish picnic champagne glasses, cutlery, crockery and even salt and pepper pots. We’d been thoughtfully supplied not only with Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut champagne, but also Blenheim Palace mineral water and Fever Tree Sicilian lemonade.

Dukes picnic hamperBy now we had worked up a thirst for that champagne, and our butler kindly poured a glass before leaving. With subtle aromas of apricot and cherry, we savoured its delicate bouquet for a moment before unpacking our feast. Apparently it works well for all occasions, whether seafood or hors d’oeuvres, so we knew it would be perfect for our picnic.

Dukes picnic Green ParkOur picnic spot was perfect – I was after sun so I could get a tan on my legs, and Mr Luxe was keen for some shade. The sunlight was dappling through the trees as we unwrapped our goodies.

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Our luxury hamper was filled with a selection of British dishes by Nigel Mendham, Dukes London’s Michelin star awarded chef. Each dish is individually wrapped so you can open it when you wish – and what an appetizing selection.
Dukes Hotel London champagne picnic

Just let them know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements and they will accommodate them. There’s also a vegetarian menu and one for children under 12 years old. Here is the whole spread unpacked, it does look like a lot for two but it’s so healthy that we managed to eat the lot.

39-P1210576We tucked into a flavourful courgette, basil and goat’s cheese muffin before sampling a Scotch egg with homemade mustard and caper mayonnaise. It’s definitely the best one that I’ve ever had, the quality of the meat was superb and the egg itself was delicious – you can see from the colour of the yolk. We also enjoyed the fresh asparagus wrapped in prosciutto.

Dukes champagne picnic reviewThe chicken wings had been marinated in a tasty barbecue sauce that was finger licking good. One of my favourite dishes was the mackerel with potato salad, cucumber and rye. In my book, a picnic isn’t a picnic without a good potato salad! As for the lamb kofta skewers, we particularly liked the way they were served with juicy heirloom tomatoes and basil. Our final savoury dish was a selection of British artisan cheeses, accompanied by bread rolls and a savoury malt loaf, grapes and a wonderful fresh chutney. I’d highly recommend the Lincolnshire poacher and Barkham Blue cheeses.

Dukes Hotel Green Park reviewWe took some time to relax, read the Sunday papers and sip some more of that gorgeous champagne before our dessert.

Green Park London picnic Dukes had hit the perfect note with a light dessert of Scottish shortbread and Summer berries. These had been very lightly marinated in gin and tarragon, giving them an extra dimension. It was the perfect finish to a luxurious picnic in the park.

52-P1210598It was time to head off, and we stopped to take a photo of Buckingham Palace, just at the bottom of Green Park.

Buckingham Palace London viewI’d highly recommend Dukes London’s champagne picnic in the park, in fact I’ve already bought one for a friend. Bookings need to be made at least 24 hours in advance and prices start from £35 per person without drinks. All in all, very reasonable considering that you are getting a full butler service. To find out more, contact the Events Team on +44 (0)207 318 6574 or email events@dukeshotel.com.

Dukes London, St. James’s Place, London SW1A 1NY

Perrier-Jouet Dukes picnic

  • Raydant

    Looks amazing! What a lovely setting!!

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    • Green Park is a brilliant place for a picnic, lots of space and shade and lovely views!

  • Brianna Degaston

    Your style is phenomenal! Your pictures are high quality and I love reading what you have to say! Have a great weekend! xoxo

    Love,

    Bri

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  • I love this!! Your picnic looks like so much fun and the background is incredible!

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    • It was a gorgeous setting and I didn’t even include all the shots we got. Have a great weekend Courtney

  • Such a cool service! I have to admit that I started drooling when I saw the food… Great that you had nice weather too.

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    • We originally had it arranged for another date when I had a virus, I’m so glad we changed the date!

  • What a delicious slice of sunny luxury! Those Scotch Eggs look ravishing…!

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    This looks so fun, I love the idea of a posh picnic!
    Lots of love,

    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

  • Zuzana Beskidová

    Hello,

    I am so jealous! It looks like a perfect day. Plus the food looks super delicious!

    Cannot wait to read more from you!

    Have a nice day,

    Zuzana

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    • The food was delicious Zuzana, looking forward to checking out your blog

  • This looks like a fun day.

    Lovin’ the setup and the foods 🙂

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    • The set up is great, nice not to have to shop for the picnic, set up or tidy away!

  • the italian glam

    these guys have really set the perfect picnic in the park

    great shots, my dear

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    • They certainly did a great job, hope you had a lovely weekend, Dora

  • The colours comprising the champagne lounge look wonderful and how interesting this place possibly inspired ”shaken, not stirred”! Really, this service is so unique and luxurious, definitely something to indulge in if available when checking into a hotel. Your chosen picnic spot is very beautiful by the way, as is the final photo in this post 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • It’s a great place to drink a Martini! We chose a quiet spot in Green Park, looking down towards Buckingham Palace but St James is lovely for picnics too

  • Oh, everything looks so frinkin’ fancy wow! Hahah! It really does look incredible, a perfect time to lounge and relax and just bask in the Summer sun! <3

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    • It was all so tasty, Bash – do you have a fave picnic spot in Brunei?

  • This looks like the perfect classy picnic, what a beautiful spread of food! Great photos, makes me want to pack a nice picnic to enjoy the last bit of summer 🙂

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    • I hope you have a lovely picnic, Eden! You’re right, it’s important to make the most of Summer whilst it’s still here

  • What an experience!! This sounds right up your street (and mine) 🙂 You and Mr LC look rather happy with those champagne flutes in hand!

    Polly xx
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    • I wonder if they have anything similar in Doha? We certainly made the most of the champagne

  • Carina Ž
  • How pretty! What a lovely idea to relax in the sun with some gorgeous food

    • It was so relaxing Manasi – by the way I hope you find a nice place for lunch with your baby

  • Albert Wijaya

    Wow wonderful! I’ve always been wanting to go picnic in the park 🙂

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    • You definitely should, Albert – hope you have a nice park near you

  • That picnic looks so fun

    xo

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  • Ellie Adams

    Oh Suze, this looks and sounds so delicious. What a luxury to be served in a gorgeous park with such amazing things… need to check out Dukes!

    Elle
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    xx

    • You should definitely check out Dukes, great for Martinis and the restaurant is really good too

  • Lucy

    This looks wonderful I love having picnics and this is the luxury way to do it. The food looks wonderful and St James Park is always great to relax in. Also useful that they do an alternative if the weather is colder Lucy x

    • We had a walk around St James’s Park after our picnic as it’s so close to Green Park, they’ve renovated the little Swiss cottage and you can go right up to it now

  • Nancy

    Oh how nice! It all looks so delicious. I have never tried a scotch egg, its looks really good. The next time i am in the UK i will try!
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    • A Scotch Egg is very British so you really must try one next time you’re in the UK, Nancy

  • glowyshoes

    woooow… i want to go on holidays…*crying*..lovely food

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    • We actually did this in London but it would be a great treat for anyone visiting the City! Have a lovely week

  • Wow such a nice picnic! And looks so delicious! Have a nice start of the week!

    xx

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    • It was such a nice Summery thing to do -have a great week as well, Cvetina

  • This place sounds AMAZING. That picnic is the cutest idea ever. Glad to see you had a good time!!
    xx, Pia

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    • Thanks Pia, and looking forward to checking out your blog, it has such a fun name!

  • I am so jelly about the sunny weather in London, while it is raining almost everyday in Manchester! Have fun though 🙂

    • We just got lucky with the weather that day, it was pouring with rain today!

  • Serena Reale

    It s an Amazing service. The picnic at this Place is very romantic
    Kiss
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    • It was very romantic, that’s what I like about picnics – they’re so fun and can be done with any budget

  • A champagne picknick? I was convinced after just reading the title. Sounds and looks amazing.

    x- Naomi in Wonderland

    • It does trip off the tongue doesn’t it! The only thing I might add is chocolate although that could melt if too hot

  • I feel hungry only to see this pics. this picniclooks like a fantastic experience. ciao gloria

    Gloriadressup

    • It was an amazing experience, Gloria – thanks for stopping by

  • Tash Collier

    Looks like such a fun time! The food looks great!

    RedLip&Love

    • It was very good fun and nice to try something a bit different, Tash – have a great week

  • Caroline Schurman-Grenier

    I love this!
    I have only been for tea at Dukes but now I have to go for a picnic!

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    • Ooh I’ve never been for tea there but I bet it was amazing!

  • K.

    OMG I absolutely love a picnic. I haven’t had one in such a long time. You guys look like you’re having the time of your life Suze :). Love this.

    Kia / House of KTS
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    • You could have a lovely one Kia, the weather is great where you are and it would make a good blog post!

  • What an amazing and posh picnic. Love the idea!

    Lu | http://www.balgarka.co.uk

    • It was probably the poshest picnic that I have tried, Lu!

  • Lizlizo

    Wow how fun, I’ve always wanted to have a picnic! This picnic looks so chic and the food looks delicious! I love that picnic basket, where did you get it?

    – Liz Lizo
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  • Beauty Follower

    Picnic is always a great fun!

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